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High school boys basketball: Bingham falls to nationally-ranked California team

TAYLORSVILLE — Bingham High battled against the No. 1 team from California for a half in the inaugural Martin Luther King Tournament on Monday, but the second half was a completely different story.

Bishop Montgomery’s athleticism and efficiency on both ends of the court proved too much for Bingham to overcome as it prevailed 61-40 at SLCC.

“I’m proud of my guys, we battled. It was a great opportunity for our program,” said Bingham coach Jake Schroeder. “I don’t know if a Bingham High School team has ever played a team that’s ranked that high or that good. We’ll take it, we had our opportunities. If we can learn from it and it helps us win a couple games in the next three or four weeks, for sure it was worth it.”

UCLA commit David Singleton led the Knights with 24 points, as the No. 3 ranked team nationally according to MaxPreps improved to 17-0.

Bishop Montgomery shot 60 percent from the floor while Bingham shot 42 percent.

“Their defense was really good and they got us out of what we wanted to do, and ultimately that’s good for us if we learn from it,” said Schroeder.

Ryan Wood led Bingham in the loss with 12 points on four 3-pointers. Those 3-pointers helped the Miners keep it close early. They actually led 18-17 early in the second quarter after one of Wood’s 3-pointers.

“I thought we moved the ball really well in the first half, but in the second half we just got a little sticky,” said Schroeder.

Bishop Gorman started to pull away in the third quarter, but really put things away in the fourth as it outscored the Miners 17-6.

“Usually when you play out of state teams they’re not that efficient offensively, they like to run and gun, but you had to defend those guys. They had guys who could shoot it and score in the post,” said Schroeder.

Bingham will now turn its attention to Region 4 play which gets underway this Friday when it hosts Lone Peak. Schroeder hopes the lessons learned from Monday’s loss pays dividends.